Vintage car’s shining glory
CORAKI's Rob Grill will be showing his 1965 Ford XP Falcon at the 23rd Show and Shine in Ballina this Sunday.
Mr Grill bought the blue car eight years ago and it took him six years to get the car on the road again.
He now proudly features his special plates on the Ford.
He was 21 years old when he got his blue plates ROB 508, the same plates he has used on half a dozen cars.
"I could not wait to put them on the Ford 1965," he said.
Mr Grill is the president of the North Coast Street Machines, organiser of the Show and Shine.
The group is expecting about 200 cars and trucks to be exhibited on the day.
"In the middle of the show we expect to have a Western Star truck completely painted with images of Ned Kelly, and a car built almost completely by its owner," he said.
Another entrant in this year's show will exhibit a Mustang and a Ford in a service station setting specially created for the two cars, brought especially to Ballina from Coffs Harbour.
Mr Grill, who works in Broadwater, said that the show will be "a great family day, with activities and displays to entertain and educate everyone."
Mr Grill expects more than 2500 visitors on Sunday.
Asked what constitutes a vintage car these days, Mr Grill said it is "any car over 30 years old, but I guess many cars in the Northern Rivers would qualify as vintage then!"
North Coast Street Machines will also have a rally around Lismore and other villages on Saturday afternoon and evening, so expect a great photo opportunity when the vintage, classic and special cars parade around town.
- When: Sunday, January 13. Entrants set-up from 6.30am. Public access from 8.30am.
- Where: Seagulls League Club, Kingsford Smith Park, Bentinck St, Ballina.
- What: Hot rods, classics, wheel-changing competitions, tappet cover racing and trade displays.
- How much: $5 adults, $1 children and $12 family.